Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad was established through an Act of Parliament on 21st March 2013. The Vice Chancellor was appointed by the Chancellor – President of Pakistan, on the recommendation of Search Committee on 7th January 2014. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad is the constituent Hospital of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University. PIMS is country’s premier Post Graduate Medical Centre since 1988.
The brief history of the PIMS indicates that the plan for establishing the hospital was conceived in late 1960’s. PIMS was visioned with the first name of Islamabad Hospital Complex (IHC), but later declared as the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, now a 1200-beded hospital. It was originally planned to be established within the premises of the National Institute of Health but later, shifted to its present site in amenity sector G-8/3 of Federal Capital which is central location of the capital city.
It is worth noting that city’s civic agency – Capital Development Authority (CDA), in 1975 had outlined a plan for the construction of an in-patient block.
Within three years time in 1978, Pakistani engineers prepared a master plan for the institute, envisaging ample room for future alteration and expansion.
The University Hospital was established in 1985 as an autonomous organization of the Federal Government. In 1989, PIMS was affiliated with Faculty of Medicine Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, for the award of degree in Clinical and Basic Medical Sciences. Pakistan Medical & Dental College, the country’s medical professional’s accreditation body, also recognized the Residency Training Programmes of the institute. In March 1990 CPSP also recognized institute programmes for FCPS training etc. In 1996 PIMS was declared as the attached department of defunct Federal Ministry of Health.
In 2004, PIMS was awarded up-gradation to post graduate medical teaching institute by the Government of Pakistan. The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University offers structured Residency training programmes in 32 disciplines of Medicine, Surgery & Dentistry. M. Phil. & Ph. D. programmes in twelve disciplines of Basic Medical Science. The University is offering MBBS at its constituent college i.e. Federal Medical & Dental College, Islamabad.
The University have College of Nursing, School of Nursing and College of Medical Technology where graduate and post graduate courses offered viz. BSC(Nursing), MSC(Nursing), BS(MLT), BS Vision Sciences (optometry & orthoptics) etc.